Barton Goldsmith: Money And Emotions

By Barton Goldsmith
Tribune News Service

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Therapist Barton Goldmsith urges readers to have some perspective when it comes to money. He says, “There are things in life that can devastate you financially, medical bills, divorce, and many others, but if your life is stable and you have taken proper precautions, such as having some savings, perhaps a line of credit, and medical insurance, then when the inevitable unexpected expense occurs, you can make it through.”

Tribune News Service

Are you worried about money? If so, I have some good news for you.

Someone once said, “If all your problems can be solved with money, then you don’t have any.” I get the point.

Unless you are on the verge of losing everything and living in your car (which is a very sad thing that happens to people every day), your perceptions of your problems may not be serving you well.

Let’s take a look. Can you pay your living expenses and support your family? If so, you are okay.

Even if you are a family that just barely breaks even every month, you have to count that as a blessing. Most of us also have those nasty over-the-top unexpected bills. But unless you lose your job or your mind, don’t you always find a way to take care of those expenses?

Most of the time, as we struggle for the legal tender, we somehow manage to survive. Even if you have to borrow from family or good friends, when you’ve gotten back on your feet and returned the loan, you feel good about yourself. The idea here is to look at your track record and know that if you’ve survived the past you can make it through the future.

There are things in life that can devastate you financially, medical bills, divorce, and many others, but if your life is stable and you have taken proper precautions, such as having some savings, perhaps a line of credit, and medical insurance, then when the inevitable unexpected expense occurs, you can make it through. However, if you don’t believe that you will make it through, or if you worry about money constantly, there are some other steps you may want to take.

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